Skip to content

Canadiens hold Stamkos at 58 goals; Budaj’s blooper reel offering

Apr 4, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

On paper, playing the sad-sack Montreal Canadiens was a great chance for Steven Stamkos to bolster his chances to hit the 60-goal mark. Instead, he was held at 58 tallies as his four shots on goal failed to befuddle Peter Budaj.

Budaj generally had a light night of work, needing just 14 out of 16 saves to collect a 5-2 win. Still, the night won’t be all gravy for the mediocre backup, whose blunder of a pass set up an easy Vincent Lecavalier goal that will be blooper fodder for some time.

The Canadiens’ most productive combo instead highlighted the night, as both Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole collected two goals. That pushes Pacioretty to 32 and Cole to 34 in 2011-12, making them rare bright spots on what has mostly been a blight of a season.

Check out full highlights of the game below:

Stamkos’ road to 60

After giving himself a small cushion, Stamkos must score a goal per game in his final duo to hit 60. Here’s a look at those two remaining contests, including how many tallies he already has against each opponent:

Thursday: at Toronto Maple Leafs (one goal in three games)

Saturday: at Winnipeg Jets (three goals in five contests)

Theoretically speaking, the two teams are “vulnerable” enough that an empty-net goal or two isn’t out of the question. That being said, the Maple Leafs delighted in spoiling things for Buffalo earlier this week and the Jets are formidable at home.

Considering those factors and more, how do you feel about Stamkos’ chances of reaching 60? Let us know in the comments.

Latest Posts
  1. Caps add some depth by recalling Schmidt

    May 3, 2015, 10:46 AM EDT

    Alexander Steen, Nate Schmidt AP

    It’s unclear if this is injury-related.

  2. Kreider ‘a huge difference maker’ for Rangers

    May 2, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Didn’t waste time getting on the board in Game 2.

  3. Giordano (torn biceps) takes part in full Flames practice

    May 2, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    But it doesn’t sound like there will be a dramatic, sudden return.

  4. Babcock should avoid a rebuilding team, says Cherry

    May 2, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    “You only have one life, enjoy it.”

  5. Blackhawks know they’re facing a ‘dangerous’ Wild team

    May 2, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Minnesota almost completed the comeback in Game 1.

  6. Johnstown, Pa., to host inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA

    May 2, 2015, 5:43 PM EDT

    “Since the voting period began, we’ve received an astounding 20.4 million votes…”

  7. Trotz: ‘We weren’t good enough to win this hockey game’

    May 2, 2015, 5:05 PM EDT

    Barry Trotz Barry Trotz

    The Caps were out-shot 15-4 and out-scored 2-0 in the opening 20.

  8. Rangers hang on, even series with Caps

    May 2, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

    Henrik Lundqvist Henrik Lundqvist

    Lundqvist made 30 saves as New York edged Washington 3-2 in Game 2.

  9. Video: Ovechkin splits ‘D’, scores while falling

    May 2, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin AP

    The highlight-reel goal pulls the Caps to within one.

  10. Wild’s Fontaine to miss Game 2

    May 2, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

    Justin Fontaine, Nick Foligno Justin Fontaine, Nick Foligno

    He suffered a lower body injury on Friday.

  11. Video: Lundqvist robs Ovechkin

    May 2, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT

    cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznpta0ntizmjbjndy3yti3nwe0nwfhnwy3odfjn2u2mwrm AP

    One of four first period saves made by the Rangers’ starter.

  12. Video: Kreider gives the Rangers an early lead

    May 2, 2015, 1:05 PM EDT

    Chris Kreider AP

    Opened the scoring 38 seconds in.

  13. WATCH LIVE: Capitals at Rangers

    May 2, 2015, 12:05 PM EDT

    Washington Capitals v New York Rangers Getty Images

    Puck drop is at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

  14. Rangers add depth, recall Bourque

    May 2, 2015, 11:15 AM EDT

    Ottawa Senators v New York Rangers Getty Images

    He made his NHL debut in April.

  15. Flames’ Gaudreau wasn’t happy with benching in Game 1

    May 2, 2015, 10:35 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v Calgary Flames Los Angeles Kings v Calgary Flames

    He didn’t play a shift in the third period of Thursday’s loss.

  16. Trotz on Ovechkin: ‘I wanted him to be more active’

    May 2, 2015, 9:45 AM EDT

    Washington Capitals v Montreal Canadiens Getty Images

    How a conversation in Vegas changed the forward’s game.

Featured video

Stanley Cup playoff Round 2 preview
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. M. Zuccarello (2812)
  2. M. Giordano (1867)
  3. C. Price (1806)
  4. N. Kronwall (1685)
  5. K. Letang (1642)
  1. N. Beaulieu (1454)
  2. A. Ovechkin (1419)
  3. R. Lehner (1387)
  4. S. Weber (1358)
  5. L. Bouma (1355)